Update to Medical Director with PCEHR usability enhancements

Health Communication Network (HCN) has released a cumulative update to Medical Director and PracSoft, including the assisted registration tool for the PCEHR, a view of the National Prescription and Dispense Repository and clinical usability improvements.

Update 3.15.2 builds on the full 3.15 release from December and also includes improvements to the National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) and pathology requesting, as well as quicker access to its Sidebar tool.

As outlined by HCN CEO Phil Offer in April, the update includes the work that HCN has been doing as part of NEHTA's clinical usability program (CUP) to improve clinical interactions with the PCEHR.

PCEHR documents now reside on a new tab called PCEHR View, which allows users to filter documents, show Medicare records and retrieve prescription and dispense records from the NPDR. It also allows users to create CDA clinical documents in Letter Writer with the click of one button.

The NPDR view allows clinicians to check the date a medication was prescribed, the brand and generic names for the drug, along with dose, directions for consumption and the form in which the medications is prescribed.

Dispensed medications can also be viewed, and lists of prescriptions can be printed out. Users can upload prescriptions with the patient's consent through eRx Script Exchange.

Medical Director now automatically checks a patient’s PCEHR status upon opening their record, and there is also the new assisted registration tool, which allows users to register patients for a PCEHR electronically while they are in the practice. A shortcut to the tool is highlighted by NEHTA's eHealth logo.

Other non-PCEHR enhancements include adding the MD Sidebar to the top menu on the front screen instead of in the Tools menu. The most recent updates to the three widgets that come with the Sidebar – Healthshare fact sheets, Image Safe and the UHG insurance report – are also included.

The National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) has been improved to allow doctors to select more than eight regular and seven PRN medications to be selected to generate multiple charts. More than five allergies can now also be recorded.

Pathology request performance has also been improved, with the form now loading faster, HCN says.

Both MD and PracSoft also come with new ethnicity and country of birth field that adhere to RACGP requirements.

Subscribers can download update 3.15.2 from the HCN website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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